Home Remedies for Allergies
Natural Remedies For Allergies Might Be As Close As Your Backyard
Although I’m fortunate enough to never have suffered from the symptoms of seasonal allergies, I’m married to someone who suffers greatly every year once the pollen, spores and mold of the season make their way into the air. But thankfully, there are lots of great home remedies for allergies that we use to give my husband relief from the never-ending itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, cough and headaches that come with the changing of the seasons here in upstate New York.
Home Remedies for Allergies: Prevention
As the saying goes, when it comes to home remedies for allergies, an ounce of prevention is most definitely worth a pound of cure. When thinking about finding natural ways to relieve your allergy symptoms, it’s best to start planning about one to two months ahead of allergy season.
You can start boosting your resistance to seasonal allergy symptoms by making small changes in your diet to improve digestion. Adding a variety of dark, leafy green vegetables, dark yellow and orange vegetables, nettles, beets, carrots, onions, garlic and ginger to your diet can make a big difference in the severity and duration of your allergy symptoms.
Reducing or cutting back on processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol can also help reduce symptoms from seasonal allergies. Dietary changes can also help ensure that any home remedies for allergies that you use are more effective in relieving symptoms.
Home Remedies for Allergies: Using Local Honey
Locally-produced honey is one of our favorite home remedies for allergies. Because we have three beehives on our property, we have a plentiful supply of local honey that includes the right combination of pollen and spores to help ease my husband’s seasonal allergy symptoms.
If you can find locally-produced honey, it’s a great way to reduce and prevent seasonal allergies. Eating a spoonful of locally produced honey 3-4 times a day can also help reduce symptoms once seasonal allergies set in. Year-round consumption has been known to completely eliminate seasonal allergies. As far as home remedies for seasonal allergies go, local honey is relatively inexpensive, but may be difficult to find if you live in a more urban area.
Herbal Home Remedies for Allergies
Our small home apothecary includes several herbs that can be used as teas and infusions as herbal home remedies for allergies. We always make sure to grow a fresh supply of these herbs every year so that we have plenty on hand throughout the winter so my husband can start his season allergy treatments early.
When using herbs as home remedies for allergies, it’s always best to seek out and use whole, organic herbs instead of relying on capsules and tablets from the grocery store or supplement store. Growing these herbs in your garden is an even better option and ensures that you have a fresh supply of your own herbs.
Turmeric tea: You may already know that turmeric tea is a great remedy for lots of things like sore throats, nasal congestion and other symptoms from seasonal colds. Turmeric has powerful anti-cancer properties, as well as being antifungal, antibacterial and helping to lower harmful levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Turmeric tea is another one of our favorite home remedies for allergies because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Making a simple tea of turmeric powder, fresh turmeric root, or dried turmeric root can help relieve the nasal and chest congestion that comes with seasonal allergies.
If you have a supply of dried turmeric root handy, chewing on a small piece of peeled turmeric root can provide fast relief of seasonal allergy symptoms.
Adding turmeric tea to your list of home remedies for allergies is simple. Use a minimum of 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, but you can use up to 2 tablespoons if you prefer a stronger tea.
Thyme and Rosemary: These two herbs are excellent home remedies for allergies. They both are effective for opening the nasal passages and relieving congestion due to seasonal allergies. You can make a simple tea out of thyme and rosemary by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried herbs in 1 cup of boiling water for at least 15 minutes. Fresh herbs are better, but require at least 1 tablespoon of each. And you can always add a spoonful of locally-produced honey to your tea to boost your immune system and help relieve your seasonal allergies.
We keep a thyme plant growing in our kitchen year-round that produces wonderful, fragrant leaves for us to use in cooking and in our home apothecary.
Nettles: Many of us love to cook with nettles when they appear in the spring, and it turns out that eating nettles as well as making tea with them are great home remedies for allergies.
Take care when harvesting and preparing nettles to avoid any skin irritation. (They’re not called stinging nettles for nothing, you know.) If you’re harvesting your own nettles, it’s best to harvest them before they flower and go to seed. When harvesting nettles, use scissors and wear long sleeves. Protective gloves aren’t a bad idea, either.
Wear gloves when preparing your nettles. Just place them in a large colander for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and allow as much water as possible to drain off. You can dry them for use in tea by placing them in a brown paper bag, and placing the bag in front of a source of warm, flowing air such as a furnace.
If you want to make tea with fresh nettles, boil a handful of nettle leaves with a handful of fresh peppermint in about 2 cups of water. Strain the leaves from the liquid and allow the tea to cool slightly before drinking.
Because peppermint has so many healing qualities, we also keep a peppermint plant or two growing indoors year-round to provide us with fresh leaves.
Home remedies for seasonal allergies don’t have to be complex or difficult to make – in fact, they’re as easy as looking in your own backyard! Do you have any favorite home remedies for allergies that you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment and tell us what you use to get relief from allergy symptoms.